The resent hail storm caused much roof damage Baton Rouge, Louisiana left many local homeowners with roof damage and in need of making a roof repair and filling an insurance claim. Many Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, Louisiana homeowners are calling in need of a roof inspection for hail damage.
If you live in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Watson, Walker or the surrounding Baton Rouge area, your home likely got hit with anything from pea to golfball size hail in the April, 2014 hail storm. Depending on the type shingles a home has, 3-Tab or architectural shingles, homeowners probably have anything from moderate to severe hail damage to their roof and possibly damage to gutters and patio covers.
Over the next several months, homeowners will most likely have many roofing companies come by their home wanting their business for a new roof. Homeowners are wise to consider a short checklist of things when choosing a roofing contractor.
Consider the following before you allow a contractor on your roof.
- Contractor should be licensed in the State of Louisiana; this is the law in Louisiana.
- Check the contractor’s Better Business Bureau file. Any large company that maintains an A rating is getting the job done properly.
- Ask the contractor for referrals…addresses from other jobs in the area. A good company should be able to provide 50 or more houses done in your area.
- Demand proof of insurance. General Liability totaling $2,000,000.00 and Workers Compensation. If a roofing contractor cannot provide evidence for both, do not let them on your roof-even for an inspection…you could be exposed for liability.
- Check Angie’s List online, and your local Chamber of Commerce for feedback.
- Inquire as to what certifications a roofing contractor holds. A roofing contractor Baton Rouge who is top level certified with at least one shingle manufacturer will be able to offer a better warranty on that shingle and you can be assured of the best job.
Your home is very likely the most expensive investment you own. Do not take chances with an out-of-state or even out-of- your-area roofing company. Hire a company who has worked your area for the last several years and has a good reputation. Assure yourself they will be there to service you after the installation. Do not take chances with your insurance claim, this is your one chance to get the roof you deserve…demand the best!
Storm dumps hail, takes off roof, causes scattered outages
Advocate staff report
April 07, 2014
The overnight thunderstorms that blew through and caused much roof damage Baton Rouge area, dumping hail in some areas and damaging the roof of an apartment complex, left scattered power outages throughout the city on Monday.
Entergy’s online outage map showed many small pockets of customers without power — in many cases only one to five customers affected — but there were also larger clusters of power outages such as 84 customers in Melrose Place, north of Florida Boulevard and East of North Foster Drive; more than 160 customers east of Lobdell, between Goodwood Boulevard and Old Hammond Highway; and pockets of 56, 101 and 143 in the neighborhoods on either side of Lee Drive between Perkins Road and Highland Roads.
Will Johnson, Entergy spokesman, who said he couldn’t provide a total number of customers without power and roof damage, referred customers to the website for accurate, up-to-date information.
“Our crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible,” Entergy said on the website. “At this time, we expect to have all service restored by 6 p.m. The estimated time of restoration could change as all damage assessments are completed or if new thunderstorms move into the area.”
Shawn O’Neil, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Slidell, doesn’t expect more thunderstorms today.
“The clouds will stick around, but the rains are done, probably done for a while,” he said. “We will be pretty nice through the rest of this week.”
Don’t expect much in the way of the rain again until late into next weekend, he said, “Maybe late on Sunday and into Monday.”
While the overnight storms dumped rain and made noise through much of the night, the worst came before midnight.
Between 11:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, there were reports of hail — in some cases golf ball sized — and heavy winds.
“The biggest issues we had were roof damage around the Baton Rouge area,” O’Neil said. “We had golf ball-sized hail in Central. We had up to golf ball-sized hail in Watson which is in Livingston Parish, and then at the intersection of Little John and Florida Avenue (in Baton Rouge) there was some damage to an apartment complex. It looks like the roof may have blown off or at least part of a roof blew off.”
Johnson said Entergy is hopeful that many customers will get power restored much earlier than anticipate.
“We have been able to get some in before 6 p.m. and we think there is a chance we could get some more in, but 6 is the time we are giving and we are confident we will have most of our customers restored by 6 p.m.,” he said.